Dina Asher-Smith has the same aura about her as Linford Christie and may win the 100m and 200m in Tokyo regardless of not having the quickest instances on paper, British Athletics’ Christian Malcolm has insisted.
Asher-Smith moved into the Olympic Village on Wednesday, far later than her Nice Britain teammates who’re additionally competing over the weekend, having determined to remain longer in camp in Yokohama. It’s understood she continues to be having some remedy on what she referred to as a ‘“grumpy’” hamstring this month, however has practised with the 4x100m workforce.
Any lingering points would doubtlessly make it even tougher for the 25-year-old to defeat the reigning world champion, Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce, who has run 10.63sec this 12 months, practically 0.3sec faster than the British sprinter. Nevertheless, Malcolm – the Olympic programme head coach for British Athletics – believes that Asher-Smith, who is because of begin her Games within the 100m heats early on Friday morning, has a knack of delivering when it actually issues.
“The one factor about Dina is that she’s constructed up in an aura of having the ability to win,” he stated. “It’s going to be extremely aggressive in Tokyo. However one factor everyone knows about Dina is she is aware of the right way to flip up. We noticed it in Gateshead in Might. Plenty of the highest women had been there. And she or he was in a position to put one over on them. They may at all times have that in the back of their minds.
“It jogs my memory a bit little bit of Linford again within the day. Linford didn’t at all times run the quickest instances, however he would at all times be aggressive and in a position to beat these prime guys when it mattered. I really feel that Dina has that aura, too. I feel it is going to be fascinating. Don’t get me improper. It’s going to be extraordinarily powerful.”
But Malcolm did acknowledge that Asher-Smith would wish to interrupt her 100m private better of 10.83 sec to win gold. “I feel she’s going to,” he stated. “It’s going to take that if she needs to be on prime of the rostrum. However Dina is aware of that she is aware of she’s greater than able to doing that. We all know Dina has bought an incredible head on her shoulders. We all know Shelly-Ann has as properly. However do the remainder of the women?”
Elsewhere, Britain can even anticipate observe and discipline medals from Laura Muir within the 1500m, as properly as the lads’s and ladies’s 4x100m relay groups. After that it’s all the way down to possibles, not probables.
Nevertheless, Keely Hodgkinson and Jemma Reekie have possibilities within the ladies’s 800m, as do Elliot Giles and Daniel Rowden within the males’s 800m. Josh Kerr, in the meantime, is a vigorous outsider over 1500m. However the heptathlon world champion, Katarina Johnson-Thompson, is up towards it after her latest comeback from critical harm.